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TEFL Videos - Your vs You're - English Grammar - Teaching Tips
"Your" and "you're" often get confused, not only by English learners around the world but also by many native English speakers. Let's break it down. "Your" is a possessive adjective that indicates ownership, while "you're" is simply the contraction of "you are". Let's take a look at this example sentence: Your grades are great this semester. In this case, we use 'your' as we use it to indicate ownership. You're the best student in the entire school! This example require us to use 'you're' because it is the short form for 'you are'. Should you not be sure which one to use, think about if you want to express ownership or of you want to say "you are".
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"Throughout the lesson being taught the teacher should do several testing and analysis of the students from start to finish. At the beginning of the lesson the teacher will provide level testing which are graded and will show what level of learning the students are at. The levels are Starter, Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate and Upper-Intermediate. These can be compared to the CEF (Common European Framework) scale. Starter students have a basic understanding of the language and the levels progress to Upper-Intermediate which the student has a full operational high level of understanding of the language. From the results of the level testing then a needs analysis should be performed and from the results of both the teacher will be able to arrange the groupings of the class. These will depend on the age levels of the students and the results and from there the teacher will carry out the appropriate style of needs negotiations within the class. In relation to the course hours there can be several types of testing throughout. There are 5 main tests: 1. Diagnostic ? these are given prior to the start of the course and grades the student?s knowledge and skills in specific areas of what has been learned in the past. 2. Placement ? grades the student?s current abilities in a wide range of areas and will help with the groupings of the class. 3. Aptitude ? assess the students learning and usage of the language for future purposes. 4. Achievement ? measures the overall learning of the skills and knowledge of the lesson taught. 5. Proficiency ? assess the student?s current knowledge to perform a task in the future. 6. Progress ? given throughout the course to monitor the student?s knowledge and efficiency of the lesson. For shorter courses a progress test may be given at the end or for longer courses they maybe given throughout along with an achievement test at the end. Teachers should be considerate and mark the tests and provide the grades to the student in a timely manner. To prepare students for examinations which the most popular is the Cambridge Young Learners of English (CYLE) exams there are 3 levels (Starters, Movers and Flyers) which are defined by age and amount of study hours. Within each level there are 3 separate tests involving speaking, reading/writing and listening. These are taken to lead into higher exams at the adult level known as the KET (Key English Test) and PET (Preliminary English Test). When designing your syllabus, you will find a lot of materials online and while creating it always take into consideration the group of students you will be teaching such as age, gender and culture. Your syllabus may vary on your employment as the school or company may already have designed what will or will not be taught in the classroom. Your employer may also dictate the amount of time to be spent on each topic or lesson. It is important to be sure you have access or the appropriate tools and resources to instruct the course. "